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PAT5 2012 - "Oddities of the Unconscious Mind"

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Dreams and Other Oddities The Unconscious Mind: "Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of the week".

- William Dement Intention: Chosen medium? Tonal Drawing Inspirational Artist How will I apply this technique to my work? lucid dreaming dream process hypnagogia conscious/ unconscious? passion & the unconscious mind what is the link? who we are dreams give insight into who we are memories stored in your subconscious "Passion. It lies in all of us: sleeping; waiting; and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir, open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us… passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love, the clarity of hatred, and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we’d know some kind of peace, but we would be hollow… Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we’d be truly dead.”
– Joss Whedon, how are dreams formed? what are they? Erik Herrstom “The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our
subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.” - Earl Nightingale Experimenting with different media: “The unconscious mind of man sees correctly even when conscious reason is blind and impotent."

- Carl Gustav Jung "Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives." - William Dement This song ('Heart of a Champion' written by Dennis East and sung by Carmen Pretorius) and video were made for the 2012 SA Figure Skating Championships. Myself and a number of other national skaters were filmed for the music video.

I think it captures the passion we have for and the essence of figure skating: Passion is born in our subconscious mind: created by memories, past experiences, and emotions. Do an artwork (painting?) showing my own passion - figure skating? "Our dreams disturb us because they refuse to pander to our fondest notions of ourselves. The closer one looks, the more they seem to insist upon a challenging proposition: you must live truthfully. Right now. And always. Few forces in life present, with an equal sense of inevitability, the bare-knuckle facts of who we are, and the demands of what we might become." - Marc Ian Barasch A 'transparent' picture of myself - when I was just being me - showing we can't hide from ourselves in our dreams?

Use watercolours - transparency? We never lose memories. Our conscious mind may forget, but our subconscious mind never forgets. These memories contribute to shaping who we grow to be. "The best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you don't know the difference between reality and fantasy, when for just that one moment you feel with your entire soul that the dream is reality, and it really happened." - James Arthur Baldwin Do an artwork showing how dreams are formed from what we've seen before. In the dream world, the serial killer may be the guy who filled your car with petrol a year ago. Your conscious mind forgets, but your unconscious mind remembers everything and, when you sleep, seemingly unrelated images and objects combine to make a bizarre reality. Often your subconscious 'sends you messages' through your dreams. The stage when you are half asleep/ half awake - when you are slowly exiting the dreaming state - and you are slipping in and out of consciousness... An artwork composed of two pieces - one piece showing someone asleep, and the other showing that person awake? Hypnagogia is the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep (the onset of sleep). Hypnagogia can be considered a "threshold consciousness" phase and phenomena experienced during this state include lucid dreaming, hallucinations, out of body experiences and sleep paralysis. A lucid dream is any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. The term was coined by the Dutch psychiatrist and writer Frederik (Willem) van Eeden (1860–1932). In a lucid dream, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over their participation within the dream or be able to manipulate their imaginary experiences in the dream environment. Lucid dreams can be realistic and vivid. It is shown that there are higher amounts of beta-1 frequency band (13–19 Hz) experienced by lucid dreamers, hence there is an increased amount of activity in the parietal lobes making lucid dreaming a conscious process.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dreaming Painting showing one of my own lucid dreams (flying)? The conscious mind holds only about 7 pieces of information in short-term memory. Your sub-conscious mind, however, stores all the knowledge you have ever acquired. Everything you have ever read, heard, thought or imagined is held within its immense memory. - Richard Kimball "All the resources we need are in the mind." -Theodore Roosevelt Watercolour: This was my first attempt at using watercolours... and I must say they're very unforgiving! My main error in this experiment was not using enough water in some places (resulting in the paint in some areas being too thick and not transparent enough!) Photoshop: What a fun thing to do! I really enjoyed experimenting with different 'layers' and effects. I edited this photo of one of my best friends (Chloe) using the "liquify" technique... she wasn't very pleased! Haha! When I look at pictures of when I was a baby, or my parents tell me stories about my childhood, I have flashes of images and get all warm and 'fuzzy' inside; however, I can't place these images in context or consciously remember the events and, although dreams are almost always a distortion of actual events, they do allow me to draw from this stock of memories (or fragments of them), as dreaming is an unconscious process and these memories are buried within my subconscious. My Oma died when I was very young, so I have little (conscious) memory of her, but I do know that I love her very very much. Whenever we used to visit her in Holland or whenever she'd come here, she and I used to spend countless hours together - drawing, painting, and making things. It is very possible that one of the contributing factors to my love for art is all the happy, stored, unconscious memories I have of her and I doing these things together. What I aim to show in my art piece is how very early memories are stored deep within the archives of our unconscious mind and that, although they are not available to our conscious mind, these buried memories play a huge role in the person we grow up to be; they 'shape' us. I'm going to use my personal childhood experiences to show this. When I was very young, our amazing domestic worker, Bongi, was like a second mother to me. Her and my parents had a very good relationship, and I was often taken with when they would go into the township to help fix her house. As a result, I made friends with lots of little African kids, and was exposed to many different cultures. Although I cannot remember these times, they've helped form my character hugely - I don't have one racist cell in my body, and get FURIOUS when people are racist! When I was little, my best friend was my cat Bix! From what my parents have told me, he was the most tolerant cat in the world - he'd let me ride him like a horse, sit on him, and even put him in a box and pull him down the driveway!

As a result of these memories, and all the good times I had with my furry friend, I am completely opposed to any form of animal cruelty and my love for animals is enormous! My Oma and parents used to encourage my very weird way of dressing - I would hardly ever go a day without an aliceband (what I called an "alicebang") or a million clips in my hair. Plus, I would wear my homemade jewelry and different socks and shoes of each foot (IF i wore shoes) - I thought I looked marvelous! Whenever we'd visit my grandparents in Holland, my sister and I would play with the boy next door (Mark) - we'd pass things to each other through a hole in the wall and, although we spoke a different language, we became the best of friends and would swim and play together all the time!

This is an example of one of the experiences that helped me develop the ability to perceive and understand people beyond words. what am i going to make? Graphite and oil on canvas: a technique in which oil is applied with a paint brush to the canvas and then either pencils or graphite powder is used on top. An interesting technique, which I'm sure I'll use in the future, however for this piece I think it won't be suitable as it is very hard to show fine detail! - watercolour! An artwork showing some of my earliest 'un-recallable' memories? What is my passion?

-- Figure skating!

Figure skating is something that most people will never understand: it's not just a sport - it's a way of life. You're hooked from the moment you carve your first edge or land your first jump and, once you're in it, it's in your blood. The ice rink is your home; the sound of a blade cutting into the ice is like music to your ears and the smell of the ice is indescribable. There's nothing like the feeling of achieving something great or gliding over that beautiful ice - there's nothing like figure skating. My sister, Rosa http://www.google.co.za/imgres?imgurl=http://www.integraldeeplistening.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/lucid-dream-flying.jpg Inspiration: I'm going to make a triptych of 30x30cm watercolour paintings, using the following images: roughly edited to fit square format Pen drawing: a fun technique, which is good for showing form with minimal lines and shading. Also a very quick technique. Excuse the lined paper... I did this in one of my classes! In these two paintings, I used normal canvas as I didn't have watercolour paper yet. In the middle painting, I used watercolour paper - much easier to use and much more absorbent! Critique on work: artist's statement? acquired all skills & tuition? drawing ability? acquired all materials? my intention is to make a triptych of 30x30cm watercolour paintings that investigate how one's unconscious memories, although forgotten by the conscious mind, influence and shape who we become. i'll be using myself as an example to show how my earliest experiences have played a fundamental role in shaping who i have become today. mrs.moore has given me tuition on watercolour painting - which has been very useful. however, i don't think i have acquired all the skills i need to work with this unforgiving medium yet... it is a very challenging medium, but also a very beautiful and expressive one and i like a challenge - which is why i chose to work with it. i will experiment more with watercolour painting before i do my final piece. i'm very confident in my drawing ability and really enjoy doing it - it's very calming to do and rewarding to see how images start to come alive! i have acquired all necessary materials (watercolour paper and paints and pencil crayons) - i'm very lucky to have parents who are always willing to buy me art supplies! Ready to go! Agnes Cecile Silvia Pelissero was born in 1991, Rome. She is an Italian painter best known as agnes-cecile. What fascinates me so much about Cecil's work is:
the intense colours
the intriguing colour play
the surreal quality
the liquidity
the transparency
the multiple washes and layers
the 'drippy-ness'
the simple palette The 'drippy-ness' of the 'wet-into-wet' technique she uses can be seen here. I love the 'splatter' effect she gives by flicking her brush! I absolutely LOVE the transparency of her work - the thin-ness of each wash gives such an ethereal effect! I really like how she leaves a lot of the white of the paper showing. This adds to the ethereal appearance of the piece. She uses a white pen to create these little white lines - stunning! I love the intensity of her work... just look at those eyes! I I love the way she uses multiple washes in her work. The use of all these transparent layers is just beautiful. i
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Inspiration:

Use photoshop (??) For my work I will try to make the watercolour washes thin and transparent like Cecile does. I will also try to do multiple layers like she does, and try to create an overall ethereal look with many of her other techniques. I experimented with Agnes Cecile's technique by doing a study of a section of one of her paintings.
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